I HAVE wanted to be a pharmacist for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories is watching mesmerised as my grandfather making ointments in his white coat. My proudest moment was getting my registration certificate from the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland as I had realised my dreams and was now a pharmacist.
I have worked as a clinical, community and non-traditional pharmacist in Ireland and the UK. I have been inspired by every pharmacist that I have worked with. My trailblazing pre-reg tutor instilled in me the confidence to take the leap of faith to go to the UK. The UK opened my eyes to a world of clinical pharmacy where pharmacists are an integral part of the team and pharmacy technicians provide a vital role in pharmaceutical care.
I have always pushed boundaries and challenged traditions from being appointed a Chief Pharmacist at 27, to my current role in regulation which is innovative and unique, whilst keeping touch with community pharmacy at all times.
I am passionate about best possible pharmaceutical care for every patient across all sectors. I aspire to be part of a Council that ensures that pharmacists are empowered and facilitated to be the best they can be and are leaders in healthcare. As a young female pharmacist working in a non traditional role, I want the Council to represent me and my values.
This is a challenging but exciting time for pharmacy in Ireland. The following are the four key areas that I want to address as a member of the Council:
- A network of support for pharmacists who work in a non traditional role.
- Implementation of a framework to further develop and enhance clinical pharmacy services.
- Investment and increase in community pharmacy services in line with the Future Pharmacy Practice in Ireland report.
- Assurance that pharmacy eduction including undergraduate, intern, post-graduate and continuing professional development to ensure that pharmacists are equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of today’s patients.
As pharmacists, this is our opportunity to ensure that the governing council of our regulator is transparent, meaningful and reflects today’s pharmacists. I kindly ask you to vote for me as a pharmacist who appreciates the challenges of all sectors and who has always demonstrated her commitment to the profession and best possible pharmaceutical care.